Gnawa - Morocco
October 25, 2021
Female monastics claim their legacy of sacred Buddhist dance — empowering themselves and enriching their communities.
June 14, 2021
The Bhutanese Dance Legacy of Pema Lingpa —Still Thriving after 500 Years
On the 500th anniversary of the Great Treasure Revealer's passing, Bhutan hosts a year-long celebration, complete with the sacred dances he taught.
April 27, 2021
The Kung Fu Nuns Dance a Powerful Ritual
The fearless Drukpa nuns are breaking glass ceilings again—this time with ritual performance.
November 11, 2020
Teaching Happiness—Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom Review
Bhutanese film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom offers a Buddhist lesson in true fulfillment.
June 11, 2020
Dancing Tara through COVID-19
A practitioner finds empowerment and community through performing the sacred dance of the Buddhist deity, Tara, using Zoom.
November 02, 2018
The Moving Mandala: Inside Bhutan's Sacred Dance Festivals
The story behind the Tantric master who brought sacred dances to the Himalayan region and the singular dance displaying his remarkable manifestations and activities.
January 25, 2022
Reggie Wilson / Fist and Heel Performance Group – POWER
Reggie Wison's "Power" is a work borne of reimagining what Black Shaker worship was like in all its amazing complexity.
January 19, 2021
Japan Society – 2022 Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia
Japan Society's contemporary dance festival showcases a new generation of engaging and skillful East Asian performing artists, who are generating refreshing work around new and old ideas.
December 17, 2021
Bijayini Satpathy Premieres Abhipsaa — A Seeking
An artist's journey into and out of solitude.
December 13, 2021
Maya Kulkarni & Kaustavi Sarkar — Woman with a Parrot
Migration of a dance from on-camera to live performance.
November 11, 2021
The Art of Fugue by ZviDance = Bach Cubed
A musical form ignites the pathway for the harmonious collaboration of many distinct voices.
October 31, 2021
Martha Graham Dance Company New York Season: On Human Nature
Opening night program of the Martha Graham Dance Company served up satisfying nourishment for the human soul.
October 25, 2021
Andrea Miller at the Martha Graham 2021-22 Studio Series
Report from a working rehearsal of Miller's new work, Scavengers, for the Graham Company's October season in one week.
September 30, 2021
Ragamala Dance Company Performs Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim
The Joyce Theater reopens its doors to initiate live performances with the Ragamala Dance Company.
Lion's Roar Magazine
October 02, 2020
The Kung Fu Nuns, Fighting for All Sentient Beings
A courageous group of Himalayan Buddhist sisters dance, cycle, and practice kung fu to champion gender equality and respect for the environment.
July 13, 2021
Empowering Women, Crushing Obstacles
The Kung Fu nuns of Nepal create change through ritual dance.
April 01, 2021
A Reason to Dance
The rich dance legacy performed at Trongsa in Bhutan offers a superb example of how the Bhutanese use dance to express their most fundamental ideas.
I'm a New York City-based dance writer and frequent contributor to Natural History Magazine and Ballet Review, covering contemporary and traditional dance at home and abroad.
My passion is to learn how people everywhere express themselves through movement and transmit that information. Wherever I travel, I engage with local performing artists and ritual practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of their dances and traditions --a window into how they understand the world.
I joined my first dance circle as a child accompanying
my mother to her weekly
international folk dance sessions at the local community center. Smitten by the physical movement and the exotic music, I sought out formal dance training, and earned a BFA in dance at North Carolina School of the Arts.
After moving to New York and working with several modern dance companies, I developed a creative movement curriculum for young children which I implemented in several New York City Schools.
Much later, I discovered that if I wrote about the dance I observed, I could enjoy the experience again and again.
For writing assignments or other inquiries, please contact me at:
Tashi Delek Magazine